- Alternative & Natural Medicine
Organic Castor Oil the Home Remedy for Many Health Problems
Nothing beats a personal recommendation if it comes from a trusted source.
My first contact with Castor Oil was when my doctor asked me to take some prior to the birth of my first child. Fortunately, the Nipper arrived before any inducement was required! The bottle of Castor Oil sat collecting dust on the shelf for many years before it was eventually discarded.
Had I known all the additional benefits associated with Castor Oil then, I might not have thrown it out at all.
Hint this is no longer a popular way to induce labor as Castor Oil can cause Nausea if taken internally.
Castor Oil for Dry Scratchy Eyes
My sister began using Castor Oil for her very dry scratchy eyes at the recommendation of her Ophthalmologist after a botched eye operation. More recently her husband was immobilized with a painful attack of Gout whilst on a visit to the UK. The attack was so severe that he was obliged to consult with a local doctor who was able to prescribe his regular medication so that he could resume his holiday.
On his return home and after another painful episode of Gout, his wife began searching, for a natural cure for his gout. After some research, she discovered that Castor Oil can be applied to the painful area as a poultice. The result she said was nothing short of miraculous.
Items Required to Make a Castor Oil Pack
Where Can I Buy a Castor Oil Pack?
How to Make a Castor Oil Pack
1. Use a soft, clean, thick natural material such as flannel, wool, or cotton (organic is best)
2. Organic Castor oil
3. A glass bowl or glass jar to pour the Castor Oil into and / A flannel
4. A hot water bottle or heating pad
Old clothing (Castor oil will stain fabric)
5. A large plastic bag (kitchen or regular garbage bags works well)
7. A large towel
Are you a Gout Sufferer?
If you have tried a Castor Oil Pack, did you find it helpful in the treatment of Gout?
Dry Scratchy Eyes
If you have used Castor Oil for Dry Scratchy Eyes, did you find it helped to relieve some or all of the symptoms?
Where to Buy Castor Oil in the UK
Castor Oil can be very difficult to find in the United Kingdom. When researching this product I eventually managed to purchase Organic Cold Pressed Castor Oil through Amazon. I was delighted with the product and the also the transaction which was quick and easy.
Always try to buy the best you can afford.
Castor Oil Pack/Instructions
1. Use a soft, clean, thick natural material such as flannel, wool, or cotton
3. A glass bowl or glass jar to pour the castor oil into and a flannel
4. A hot water bottle or heating pad
5. Old clothing (Castor oil will stain fabric)
6. A large plastic bag (kitchen or regular garbage bags works well)
8. A large towel
1. Put on your older clothing
2. Take a piece of flannel and place it in a bowl or glass container and pour just sufficient castor oil to wet it. Make sure it is saturated. It should not be so wet that the oil drips off.
3. Get your hot water bottle or heating pad ready.
4. Place a towel on a flat surface (either on a couch, bed, or floor) and for added protection, you may want to put down a garbage bag so that the bed or couch does not get stained from any oil which manages to escape from the plastic cover. Fold the flannel into 3 layers to create a thick wad of fabric and set it aside
5. Turn the electric heating pad to a low medium or high setting, how hot depends on your own personal preference or you can simply fill a hot water bottle with medium to hot water.
6. Next. pour a cup of Castor Oil onto the pad, remember, it should be wet but not dripping wet.
Place the pack on the heating bag or water bottle and allow the poultice to warm for ten minutes. Test the temperature before putting the pack onto the body.
7. Once you are laying in a comfortable position and have the saturated flannel in position, hold over the affected area of your body, cover with cling wrap
8. Remain on the bed or for 45 minutes, relax, read or listen to some of some of your favorite music while you wait for the castor oil to do its magic.
9. Clean off the oil using Baking Soda and warm water.
Castor Oil and Thick Pure Cotton Toweling, Cloths and Hot Water Bottle
Where does Castor Oil Originate From?
The origins and the benefits of castor oil have been widely researched and it is used worldwide for a number of ailments and remedies.
What is and where does Castor Oil originate from:-
It has its origins in India and Africa and is made from the crushed seeds of the Castor Oil Plant (Euphorbiaceae). It is a species of the flowering plant which comes from the Spurge family. Total production of castor oil is around a million tons each year. India produces nearly three-quarters of the global yield and is closely followed by China. It is also widely grown in Ethiopia.
The seed is made up of about 60% of oil which is rich in triglycerides, mainly ricinolein. It is the source of Rican which is toxic and is also the origin of the nerve agent Rican. This comes from the waste part of the plant after the oil has been extracted from the seed. These toxins are present in much lower concentrations throughout the rest of the plant.
What can Castor Oil be used for?
Castor oil is one of the most ancient oils which is known for its powerful therapeutic properties. It is derived from the beans of the castor plant (Ricinus communis) which is grown tropical regions. Castor oil has anti-inflammatory and also anti-bacterial properties and has been used for centuries all around the world. The benefits of castor oil are derived from its high concentration of unsaturated fatty acids. It contains Vitamin E, proteins and minerals besides the antibacterial and antifungal properties which it has. Castor Oil is thick and viscous, which is why some may not enjoy using it. The benefits of using castor oil are many.
Castor oil is useful for the skin, hair health and beauty and is used in various cosmetics, soaps, textiles, massage oils, medicines and other everyday use products. Only a handful of natural products like Castor Oil which are known to fight so many different ailments.
Castor oil has been used as a remedy for various illnesses and can be consumed internally or applied externally to the skin. It is said to be an aid to strengthening the immune system and also various diseases such as:
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Cerebral Palsy
- Hair loss
- Pain from Arthritis and Rheumatism
- Castor oil can also be used to cure everyday problems such as:-
- Age spots
- Athlete’s Foot
- Dry Itchy Eyes
- Gastrointestinal Problems
- Hair loss, such as eyebrows and eyelashes
- Menstrual Disorders
- Skin Abrasions
- Yeast Infections
Castor oil has not been known to produce any side effects when used externally however, if you wish to take it internally as, for example, to treat constipation, you should always take the right dosage and consult your Doctor before doing so. Always read the instructions on the label.
Better Known Uses for Castor Oil.
Now let us take a look at some of the better-known benefits of using Castor Oil:
Due to its well known anti-inflammatory properties, castor oil can be used very effectively as a remedy for arthritis. It also acts as an excellent massage oil for joint pain, nerve inflammation, and sore muscles.
Massage your joints regularly using castor oil and follow this up with a warm compress which should provide immediate relief. Research supports this, so try not to dismiss this as an old wives tale!
2. It helps to treat mild surface tumors:
Research shows that castor oil can lead to an increase in the production of T-cells in the human body. Castor oil is recommended by the American psychic, Edgar Cayce to treat mild surface tumors.For this, the castor oil pack should be placed over the affected area and covered with a hot water bottle.
For this, the castor oil pack should be placed over the affected area and covered with a hot water bottle.
Studies have shown that castor oil can be very effective for treating constipation. It is a powerful laxative.
One teaspoon of castor oil in the morning can be diluted with orange juice or cranberry juice. This reduces the bitter and unpleasant taste of the oil, however, mixing with other types of juice may reduce the laxative effect of the oil.
Ringworm is one of our most common and stubborn skin problems. It is common across all age groups. Castor oil contains an active compound called Undecylenic Acid which is an effective treatment for this fungal infection.
Dilute 2 teaspoons of castor oil in 4 teaspoons of coconut oil. Alternatively, you can wash castor oil leaves in water and soak them in coconut oil for few hours, and then heat gently.
Apply over the affected area to the underneath parts of your feet and cover with a cotton cloth.
For best results use at night and repeat the procedure until the ringworm is cured.
5. Skin problems:
Castor oil can be very effective for treating all skin problems, these include, sunburn, acne, dry skin and stretch marks. It can help to eradicate skin infections such as warts, boils, athlete’s foot and chronic itching.
Apply Castor oil to the affected areas. Use daily in the morning and the evening.
For larger skin areas, dip a cloth in the oil and wrap it around the affected area.
6. Wrinkles and fine lines:
Castor oil can penetrate deep into the skin and stimulate the production of Collagen and Elastin, which helps to soften and hydrate the skin. It can delay the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines on the skin. Castor oil rejuvenates and repairs the skin, helping to make it smooth, soft and youthful. It can also be used for treating fine lines around the eyes.
Apply castor oil to the face at night before going to bed to help with fine lines and wrinkles on the face.
Castor oil is rich in Ricinoleic acid, which helps to fight off the acne-causing bacteria. It effectively penetrates the skin layers, making it an excellent remedy for acne.
Begin by washing the face with warm water as this helps to open up the pores and then massage the face with the castor oil just before going to bed at night. Rinse the oil off the following morning.
8. Use as a Moisturizer:
Castor oil is well-known for its moisturizing properties as it has a high concentration of fatty acids in it. These fatty acids penetrate the skin easily, helping to remove dry patches which can restore hydration to your skin. Only a small amount of castor oil is required for this purpose. If you are looking for an inexpensive and natural moisturizer for your skin, this is it!
Apply a few drops and massage on your skin at night and wake up to supple and revitalized skin in the morning.
9. Helps to fade scars:
No one likes scars, particularly when they are on the face. Castor oil used on skin can be used to help reduce the appearance of lines and scars. It is not a quick fix but with regular use, it can produce good results. The fatty acids present in castor oil penetrate deep into the scar tissue and plump it out and help healthy tissues around it to grow., giving a reduced look to the scar.
10. Helps to thicken eyebrows:
Castor oil helps to thicken eyebrows and eyelashes. It also helps prevents thinning of eyebrows and stimulates rapid growth of hair and helps with hair loss. It has an unusual chemical composition which stops eyebrows and eyelashes from breaking.
Rub castor oil over your lashes and brows. Do this before going to bed and repeat this procedure every night for best results or alternatively, each eyebrow gently with castor oil for a few of minutes and leave it the Castor oil on for half an hour. Use lukewarm water and a mild cleanser to wash it off. This can be done to be done daily.
Castor oil for hair is one of the best solutions for hair problems!
Hair loss is a persistent and an ever-growing problem in today’s world. Castor oil can really work wonders with your hair. It is no wonder it is rated so highly as a treatment for hair-related problems.
Ricinoleic acid, which is a major component of castor oil, is known for its antibacterial and anti-fungicidal properties. It helps to protect the scalp and hair from the infections which are responsible for hair loss. Omega 9 fatty acids are present in castor oil and help to nourish the hair and promote hair growth. When used regularly, castor oil can boost blood circulation to the hair follicles which leads to re-growth of the hair.
Massage the scalp and hair roots with castor oil. Leave on for at least an hour and then wash with shampoo. You only need a small amount.
12. Treatment of scalp infections for thinning hair or hair damage:
Scalp infections can be a major cause of hair loss and can be seen in both men and women. The Antifungal and antibacterial properties of castor oil can be used to effectively treat scalp infections. Castor Oil also helps to moisturize dry, flaky and itchy skin.
Castor oil is loaded with essential nutrients such as amino acids, omega-6 fatty acids and Vitamin E. Castor oil penetrates deep into the scalp, helping to smoothed out rough hair and reverse the signs of hair damage. In addition to these benefits, Castor helps to thicken thin hair.
Free your scalp of infections with Castor oil. In no time you will be flaunting shiny tresses without any hair damage. Used a regular basis you will soon enjoy the benefits and put an end to hair breakage, hair thinning and split ends which are common hair issues faced by so many of us
13. Hair Darkening:
Castor oil can be useful when you want to keep dark hair looking dark, especially if you have black hair. The Humectants properties of castor oil, combined with the nutrients it contains, help to lock in the hair moisture and make hair appear darker.
Take a pea-sized amount of castor oil and mix in with your usual hair conditioner or hair mousse. Apply evenly and distribute evenly throughout the whole of your hair.
14. Aids in removing corns:-
Due to the high content of fatty acids found in castor oil, it helps soften rough and thickened skin, including corns and calluses. Castor oil can be very effective at removing troublesome corns from your feet. Good results can be achieved from using this inexpensive product.
This treatment is to be done at night before bed.
How to remove corns and calluses:-
You will need castor oil, first aid tape, cotton balls and a pair of cotton socks.
Dip a cotton ball into castor oil. Let it absorb some oil and then squeeze out any excess oil and place the cotton ball over the corn on your feet. Secure with the first aid tape.
Put on a pair of cotton socks and keep on overnight.
Remove the cotton ball and the first aid tape the following morning and apply a fresh dressing for the next 2-6 nights.
15. Stretch Marks:-
Stretch marks are often caused by excessive weight gain and/ or pregnancy.
Rub castor oil over the stretch marks on your stomach and thighs. For best results, apply the castor oil on a regular basis.
Tips: It is recommended that you don’t use too much castor oil especially when applying it to the face. Too much can clog the pores. This can lead to skin irritations or breakouts. It is a highly concentrated and should be used sparingly.
Pregnant and lactating women should never consume castor oil; neither should those who suffer from intestinal blockages or appendicitis. Always consult your doctor prior to using internally.
For Information Only!
All material is provided for information only and should not be construed as medical advice or instruction. Readers should always consult with a medical Physician or a qualified Medical Practitioner on all matters relating to health and well-being. The author will not be held responsible for any errors or omissions in this article
© 2015 Sally Gulbrandsen